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Amazing picture shows the moment a horse looks like it’s hysterically laughing

This is a laughing matter.

A photographer in England has captured the remarkable moment when a horse looks like it is laughing hysterically, news agency SWNS reports.

Paul Williams, who took the pictures in a field in Cumbria, managed to snap the picture at the exact moment the horse had its eyes closed, head bowed and was showing off its teeth as it had just been told a side-splitting joke.

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This is the hilarious moment a horse looked like it was hysterically laughing in a field. With its eyes closed and head bowed, the horse flashes its teeth at photographer Paul Williams while in a field in Cumbria. (Credit: SWNS)

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“He was all on his own in the field pulling these funny faces and I just couldn’t resist,” Williams said in comments obtained by SWNS. “It was quite an uplifting and hilarious moment.”

Photographers have captured some remarkable images of mammals in recent weeks. A wildlife photographer at Serengeti National Park captured the moment a lion cub bellowed its first roar, reminiscent of a famous scene in the Disney movie “The Lion King.”

Earlier this week, another photographer captured remarkable images of a mother grizzly bear teaching her young cub how to scratch its back in Canada.

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Shocking photo of a colony of huntsman spiders living together found in Australia

A rare photo has emerged of a colony of huntsman spiders living together in nest boxes originally built for pygmy possums.

Non-profit organization Bush Heritage Australia published the photo of the group of arachnids on its blog, noting that they quickly moved into the boxes shortly after they were built.

“It all started about the same time we were finding Pygmy Possums in the boxes, but on lifting the lids of some we found many huntsman spiders of all sizes whizzing around inside,” the non-profit wrote on its website.

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(Credit: Conservation not-for-profit Bush Heritage Australia)

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“We now know that they’re a species of huntsman that live together, normally under the bark of trees,” Bush Heritage continued. “In the restored area tree bark is in short supply at present and they’ve found the wooden boxes suitable.”

Huntsman spiders, which can grow nearly 1 foot in length, generally live in Australia, Africa and other temperate climates, according to a 2003 study.

According to the Australian Museum, these spiders, known for their size, speed and ability to hunt, can be dangerous to humans if bitten. However, attacks are rare, the museum added. Symptoms include swelling, pain, nausea and vomiting, The Sun notes.

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In June, a man staying at a lodge in Tasmania, Australia, witnessed a large huntsman spider eating what appeared to be a pygmy possum.

These spiders have also been known to take up residence in people’s homes. In August, an Australian woman posted photos of a giant huntsman spider lurking in her home on Facebook before it was safely removed.

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Fox News’ James Rogers and Michael Hollan contributed to this story.

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Ancient Catholic ‘covert church’ discovered in Dublin, buried under old schoolhouse

A secret “covert” Catholic church built more than 300 years ago has been discovered in Dublin, Ireland.

According to the Irish Times, the church was discovered by a group of archaeologists led by Franc Myles before construction on a new building began.

“There was probably a building used as a chapel from the foundation of St Andrew’s parish in 1709 and it is depicted on John Rocque’s map [of Dublin] of 1756,” states the archaeological report prepared for the developers of the new building.

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(Credit: Royal Museum)

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The Irish Times added that the church likely served thousands of worshipers for more than a century.

“The first ruins to be uncovered were the thick stone walls of a national school which was still standing in the shadow of the office block as late as the mid-1980s,” the Times wrote in its report. “But what lay underneath the old school house proved to be of more interest to archaeologists—the ruins of a considerably older structure which once served as a covert church for Catholics living in the south inner city.”

During “penal times,” practicing Catholicism was banned, the Times added. During King Henry VIII’s reign, Catholics in Ireland were persecuted, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia.

It is expected that the dig will last up until Christmas, the Times said.

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Asteroid ‘attack’: Scientists eye space rock collision

The European Space Agency has received approval to aid NASA in its asteroid deflection plan, the upcoming Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

According to the ESA’s website, the European space ministers have approved the agency’s plan to build and launch the Hera spacecraft, which will visit the Didymos asteroid system. NASA’s DART spacecraft is slated to collide with the smaller Didymoon asteroid, which orbits Didymos, sometime near the end of 2022.

Didymoon’s diameter is roughly 525 feet (160 meters), according to NASA, whereas the larger Didymos is approximately 2,560 feet wide. Both are considered “potentially hazardous” near-Earth objects.

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An artist’s illustration of asteroids, or near-Earth objects, that highlight the need for a complete Space Situational Awareness system. (ESA – P.Carril)

NASA GAMEPLANS MASSIVE ASTEROID STRIKE

“Potentially hazardous” NEOs are defined as space objects that come within 0.05 astronomical units and measure more than 460 feet in diameter, according to the U.S. space agency.

“Hera will be humanity’s first-ever spacecraft to visit a double asteroid, the Didymos binary system,” the ESA wrote on its website.

The ESA added: “Hera’s up-close observations will turn asteroid deflection into a well-understood planetary defense technique.” A video was also posted to the agency’s YouTube page providing more detail.

The current plan is for DART to launch aboard a SpaceX rocket in the middle of 2021, ultimately crashing into Didymoon toward the end of 2022. If successful, Hera would launch in 2024 and arrive by 2026 to inspect the findings. The ESA added Hera would “map the resulting impact crater and measure the asteroid’s mass.”

It will also have CubeSats on board that will be able to get closer to the asteroid’s surface, carry out studies and ultimately, touch down on its surface.

In April, NASA awarded a $69 million contract to SpaceX, the space exploration company led by Elon Musk, to help it with asteroid deflection via its DART mission. Separately that month, the ESA announced that it was developing a self-driving craft for Hera.

NASA has recently expanded its planetary defense protocols, including last year’s unveiling of a bold new plan to protect Earth.

ANCIENT ASTEROID STRIKES ON MARS MAY HAVE ‘PRODUCED KEY INGREDIENTS FOR LIFE’

Last June, NASA unveiled a 20-page plan that details the steps the U.S. should take to be better prepared for NEOs such as asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of the planet.

Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, said at the time that the country “already has significant scientific, technical and operational capabilities” to help with NEOs, but implementing the new plan would “greatly increase our nation’s readiness and work with international partners to effectively respond should a new potential asteroid impact be detected.”

In addition to enhancing NEO detection, tracking and characterizing capabilities and improving modeling prediction, the plan also aims to develop technologies for deflecting NEOs, increasing international cooperation and establishing new NEO impact emergency procedures and action protocols.

Separately in April, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that an asteroid strike is not something to be taken lightly and is perhaps Earth’s biggest threat.

“We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about movies,” Bridenstine said at the International Academy of Astronautics’ 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Md., according to Space.com. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life, and that is the planet Earth.”

According to a 2018 report put together by Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 NEOs.

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Baby porpoises are being poisoned by a ‘cocktail of chemicals’

Baby porpoises in the U.K. are being poisoned by what’s described as a “cocktail of chemicals” stemming from pollutants in their mother’s milk.

The researchers found that the chemicals, which include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are passed on from the mother to their calves. The longer they remain in the mothers’ bodies, the more toxic they are to their offspring, the researchers noted.

“It’s a tragic irony that juvenile porpoises are being exposed to a toxic cocktail of chemicals during feeding – when all they’re supposed to be getting are the vital nutrients they need for the crucial developmental stage of their life,” the study’s lead author, Rosie Williams, said in a statement.

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This is a harbor porpoise at Seaford. (Rob Deaville)

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According to the BBC, PCBs were used in plastics and paints and have long been banned, but remnants of them still exist.

PCBs have also been discovered in whales and dolphins, the BBC added, which cited a recent study that noted dolphins in the English Channel were exposed to a ‘cocktail of pollutants.’

“Previously, scientists tended to monitor PCB concentrations by grouping them together and treating them as one chemical, but as we know, they’re a group of chemicals with different toxicity levels so it was a bit like trying to measure how much caffeine someone’s had — without knowing whether they drank three cans of red bull or three cups of tea,” Williams added. “Our study has highlighted the need to change our approach to monitoring PCBs, to look at the composition of individual chemicals, so that we can get a better understanding of the risk posed by these chemicals to our marine wildlife.”

In 2018, traces of cocaine and illegal pesticides were found inside freshwater shrimp across 15 different locations across Suffolk, England.

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Williams said that studying PCB exposure in species that have abundant populations can help aid in those where the population numbers are dwindling, including orcas, where there are only eight remaining in the U.K.

“As top predators, killer whales are exposed to some of the highest levels of PCBs, because there is an accumulative effect of PCBs as you go up the food chain,” Williams added. “It’s obvious that marine mammals are still experiencing the lingering impacts of PCBs, so identifying the sources and pathways they’re entering our oceans is a vital next step to preventing further pollution.”

One of the study’s co-authors, Susan Jobling, said the research allows scientists to further understand how prevalent PCBs are and how they impact the environment as well as the animals in the area.

“This research helps further our understanding of these legacy industrial chemical pollutants and the effects that different levels of exposure, in complex mixtures, may have,” Jobling said. “Learning more about PCB exposure in juvenile animals is vital, so that we can try to mitigate the impact of these dangerous chemicals on populations and help protect the future status of marine mammals in U.K. waters.”

The research is published in the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment.

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‘Snowball Earth’ discovery: Experts reveal how life survived prehistoric ice age

Nearly 600 million years ago, a massive ice age radically altered the planet’s climate, resulting in a “Snowball Earth.” Now, researchers believe they have discovered how early animals on this planet survived — and thrived — during the colossal event.

Known as the Cryogenian Period, the era lasted from approximately 720 million to 635 million years ago, severely constricting the oxygen supply on the planet. But the researchers from McGill University found that the meltwater from the glaciers created pockets of oxygen in the oceans, which let life thrive until the ice age ended and they were able to emerge.

“The evidence suggests that although much of the oceans during the deep freeze would have been uninhabitable due to a lack of oxygen, in areas where the grounded ice sheet begins to float there was a critical supply of oxygenated meltwater,” the study’s lead author, Maxwell Lechte, said in a statement. “This trend can be explained by what we call a ‘glacial oxygen pump’; air bubbles trapped in the glacial ice are released into the water as it melts, enriching it with oxygen.”

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(Credit: NASA)

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Lechte and the other researchers looked at the chemistry of the iron formations in ancient rocks that were left behind by glacial deposits in Australia, Namibia and California.

“The fact that the global freeze occurred before the evolution of complex animals suggests a link between Snowball Earth and animal evolution,” Lechte added. “These harsh conditions could have stimulated their diversification into more complex forms.”

Researchers had previously thought that life may have existed in meltwater puddles on the surface.

Lechte added that even though the study focused on the availability of oxygen, primitive organisms known as eukaryotes would have also needed food to survive the “Snowball Earth,” meaning further research is needed to determine how they were able to sustain.

The study has been published in the scientific journal PNAS.

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Stunning dinosaur skull discovery turns paleontologists’ assumptions upside down

A newly discovered dinosaur skull has shaken paleontologists’ assumptions to the core, throwing a wrench into the idea that all dinosaurs had symmetrical faces.

The fossilized skull of the Styracosaurus was unearthed and researchers were surprised that it had horns that were not symmetrical. They were also surprised that the differences on the left and right halves of the skull were so extreme, that if they were found separately, paleontologists could have guessed they were from two different species.

“When parts of one side of the skull were missing, paleontologists have assumed that the missing side was symmetrical to the one that was preserved,” said Scott Persons, who discovered the skull, in a statement. “Turns out, it isn’t necessarily.”

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Hannah’s skull, seen from all sides. The jacket used to recover Hannah’s skull weighed 2, 500 kilograms — requiring a helicopter to retrieve from the field! (Credit: Scott Persons)

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“Today, deer often have left and right antlers that are different in terms of their branching patterns. Hannah shows dramatically that dinosaurs could be the same way,” Persons, who is one of the study’s co-authors, added.

The Styracosaurus has been nicknamed Hannah, after Persons’ dog. It was discovered in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2015.

“As in the type, the right lateral parietal bar bears seven epiossifications, but the left parietal bar has eight,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract. “Epiossifications p3‒p6 are asymmetrical with respect to size, orientation, and position relative to the midline. A re-evaluation of variation in Styracosaurus that includes this skull expands the morphological range of the taxon to incorporate Rubeosaurus ovatus, requiring the synonymy of the latter with the former.”

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Despite naming the dinosaur after his dog, Hannah, it’s unclear whether the dinosaur was actually a female. But the 3-D laser scan of the skull that was done, in conjunction with other researchers, has wide-ranging implications for the future of paleontology, Persons added.

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Paleontologist Scott Persons, pictured alongside the partially uncovered skull. The Styracosaurus skull has implications for how horned dinosaurs are identified. (Credit: Scott Persons)

“This is the future of paleontological collections: digital dinosaurs.”

The research has been published in the scientific journal, Cretaceous Research.

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Amazing pictures show lemur trying to steal photographer’s camera

Maybe it just wanted to take a selfie.

A curious lemur in Madagascar tried to grab the camera from a photographer who was attempting to take its picture.

Photographer Lucas Bracali said he was “really surprised” when the lemur, a native of the African island nation, swung down from the tree it is was in and tried to grab the camera, British news agency SWNS reports.

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This is the hilarious moment a cheeky lemur hung upside down and tried to grab a camera from a photographer who was trying to take its photo. (Credit: SWNS)

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“I was taking a photo of the lemur when all of a sudden he climbed down and tried to grab my camera,” Bracali, 54, said in comments obtained by SWNS. “He hung upside down and reached out towards my camera. I couldn’t believe it, I was really surprised!”

“I used a super wide-angle and I remained pretty close to the ground with the lens all the way up waiting for the lemur to come down,” Bracali added.

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Photographer Luca Bracali, 54, was “really surprised” when the black-and-white ruffed lemur attempted to snatch the camera from his grip.  (Credit: SWNS)

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The photo, taken in Andasibe National Park, shows the lemur’s hands outstretched toward the camera while hanging upside down from the tree. Bracali, who switched to wildlife photography from sports journalism, said he enjoys the unpredictability of animals.

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The funny photo which was taken in Andasibe National Park in Madagascar shows the animal staring directly down the lens while hanging upside down from a tree.  (Credit: SWNS)

“I enjoy wildlife photography so much because with the animal, it’s a real thorough game,” he added. “You cannot bribe them, you can not make any kind of agreement, it’s just a matter of patience and ‘carpe diem!'”

According to the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina, which is home to 14 different species of lemur, the curious creatures are “the most endangered group of mammals in the world.”

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‘Warm Jupiter’ exoplanet found

Researchers have discovered exoplanets that have been referred to as “hot Jupiters” before, but now they’ve found a “warm Jupiter” deep in space.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has spotted a new planet known as TOI-677 b, according to a study that can be read on the arXiv repository.

Believed to be 23 times larger than Jupiter, TOI-677 b orbits its star every 11.23 days. “Warm Jupiters” orbit their star between 10 and 100 days, whereas “hot Jupiters” take more than 100 days to orbit their star.

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The giant black spot on the surface of Jupiter. (Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS. Image processing by Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY 3.0)

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“Warm Jupiters can be formed via secular gravitational interactions with an outer planet followed by tidal interactions with the star in the high eccentricity stage of the secular cycle,” the researchers wrote in the paper.

TOI-677, the host star, has a surface temperature of approximately 6,300 Kelvin and is believed to be 18 percent more massive than our Sun. It is also believed to have a radius that is 28 percent larger. For comparison purposes, the Sun has a surface temperature of 5,778 Kelvin.

Researchers have found several so-called “hot Jupiters” in recent memory, including WASP-121 b, a football-shaped exoplanet 900 light-years from Earth. Researchers discovered another “hot Jupiter” known as KELT-9b in 2017.

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An illustration of Planet WASP-121b orbiting its host star, which is even hotter than our sun.

These exoplanets are known as “hot Jupiters” because they are gas giants just as Jupiter is, but are significantly warmer. Because of its distance from the Sun, Jupiter’s temperature measurements vary more in height.

In the clouds, temperatures average approximately minus 234 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas near the center of the planet the temperature is a toasty 43,000 degrees Fahrenheit, NASA notes.

EXOPLANET THAT ‘SHOULD NOT EXIST’ DISCOVERED BY RESEARCHERS

According to NASA, more than 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered so far, and there are another 3,000 “candidates” that require further observation to determine if they are real.

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NASA finds ‘extraterrestrial sugar’ on meteorites, which may have ‘led to the origin of life’

It’s common for asteroids in the Solar System to carry water, one of the essential building blocks for life. But now, NASA researchers have found sugar molecules on two different meteorites, adding credence to the idea that asteroids play a crucial role in supporting life.

The researchers said they discovered ribose and “other bio-essential sugars including arabinose and xylose,” adding that ribose is crucial for RNA (ribonucleic acid), which copies genetic codes from DNA and delivers them to ribosomes used to build proteins essential for life.

“Other important building blocks of life have been found in meteorites previously, including amino acids (components of proteins) and nucleobases (components of DNA and RNA), but sugars have been a missing piece among the major building blocks of life,” said the study’s lead author, Yoshihiro Furukawa, in a statement.

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Artist’s concept of meteors impacting ancient Earth. Some scientists think such impacts may have delivered water and other molecules useful to emerging life on Earth. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab)

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“The research provides the first direct evidence of ribose in space and the delivery of the sugar to Earth,” Furukawa added. “The extraterrestrial sugar might have contributed to the formation of RNA on the prebiotic Earth which possibly led to the origin of life.”

“It is remarkable that a molecule as fragile as ribose could be detected in such ancient material,” Jason Dworkin, one of the study’s co-authors, pointed out. “These results will help guide our analyses of pristine samples from primitive asteroids Ryugu and Bennu, to be returned by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.”

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which is on its way back to Earth, fired a “bullet” into the asteroid Ryugu in February to collect material from the space rock. OSIRIS-REx, which is orbiting the asteroid Bennu, has made several incredible discoveries on the space rock, including the presence of water.

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This is a mosaic image of asteroid Bennu, from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The discovery of sugars in meteorites supports the hypothesis that chemical reactions in asteroids – the parent bodies of many meteorites – can make some of life’s ingredients. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)

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Although the sugar in DNA was not detected in any of the meteorites, the researchers noted the presence of the “extraterrestrial sugar” that makes up RNA is important, nonetheless, with many researchers thinking it came first, only to be replaced by DNA.

“The sugar in DNA (2-deoxyribose) was not detected in any of the meteorites analyzed in this study,” said Danny Glavin, a co-author of the study, added. “This is important since there could have been a delivery bias of extraterrestrial ribose to the early Earth which is consistent with the hypothesis that RNA evolved first.”

Researchers ruled out the possibility of terrestrial sugars when they analyzed it, noting that the carbon in the sugars from the meteorites were “significantly enriched in the heavy 13C, beyond the amount seen in terrestrial biology.”

The research has been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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A study published in October 2018 suggested that cometlike objects, such as the mysterious Oumuamua, could be “ferrying” microbial life across thousands of light-years, increasing the idea that panspermia, the hypothesis that life on Earth originated from microorganisms in outer space, is accurate.

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